Gov. Jerry Brown is taking the unusual step of hosting a political fundraiser for state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) because he thinks it is unfair that some activists are trying to recall Newman for his vote favoring an increase in gas taxes to pay for road repairs, Brown’s top aide said Monday.
The Brown camp also is skeptical that opponents of the gas tax bill will be able to carry out their threat of qualifying an initiative to repeal Senate Bill 1 but are prepared to do battle if it makes the ballot.
The governor was a leading proponent of the legislation, which passed the Legislature with no votes to spare and will raise $5.2 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit through an increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees.
Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has put a hold on his bill that would require warning labels on beverage containers for sugar-sweetened sodas and drinks, acknowledging he lacks the votes to get the measure out of committee.
Monning has been trying for years to either tax or provide warnings on sugary drinks because of health risks they pose, including obesity and diabetes.
“Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading sources of sugar in Americans’ diets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an overwhelming amount of scientific research has linked the consumption of sugary drinks to increases in life-threatening diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity,” Monning said.
President Trump may not be running for California insurance commissioner but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a political target in the campaign.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) devoted his first online ad in the 2018 race to depicting Trump as anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-healthcare and a climate change denier. Lara urged voters to support his campaign for insurance commissioner so he can protect California from Trump’s reach.
“His hate has only made me more determined to empower Californians to control their own lives,” Lara proclaims in the ad, which was released on Monday.
Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, a front-runner in the race to lead the state party, sent an email Sunday to California Democrats saying he’s been targeted by false rumors of “engaging in inappropriate behavior with 14- and 16-year-old boys.”
Bauman said he decided to send the email after members of his campaign team, while calling California Democratic Party delegates to ask for their support, reported that at least four people said they had heard the rumor.
“I am outraged about the latest tactic in the politics of personal destruction that have infected this race for CDP Chair,” Bauman, who also serves as a vice chair in the state party, wrote in the email. The subject line read, “I can no longer stay silent.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday called the GOP-backed Obamacare repeal bill "one of the most disgusting pieces of legislation ever passed," and called it a "death sentence for thousands" of Americans who may not seek medical care when they get sick.
Speaking to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,500 people at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Sanders vowed to help make sure that the bill, which passed the House on Thursday, is "dead in its tracks."
"Let me tell you," he said as the theater erupted in applause. "That legislation is never going to pass the United States Senate."
No president of the University of California has ever had the political pedigree of Janet Napolitano, and at no moment of her tenure in the job has she probably ever needed those skills more than now.
On this week's California Politics Podcast episode, we discuss the UC president's appearance at a legislative hearing to respond to a state audit's critical review of her office's accounting practices.
Joe Aleman, a photographer and artist who has never run for office, said that as a Christian he struggled with the details of the House plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act.
Aleman, 41, said he specifically opposes lifting bonus caps for insurance executives and causing an estimated 24 million people to lose health insurance. The measure goes too far, so he feels compelled to challenge the six-term congressman in 2018.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday blasted the healthcare bill Republicans passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, saying that it fails Americans in need.
“This bill … is woefully inadequate and very disappointing,” he said during an appearance at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. “Put yourself in somebody else’s shoes — how you would like to not be able to get health insurance because you have a preexisting condition, or you’re sick or you don’t have money?”
Kasich, who ran for president in 2016 and won only his home state of Ohio in the primary, was speaking at the library to promote his new book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.”
Laboratories that test marijuana for medical use in California will have to be licensed and show their employees are properly trained, and will face strict guidelines for how to conduct examinations of samples, according to rules proposed Friday by the state Bureau of Marijuana Control.
The bureau hopes to begin issuing licenses for the cultivation, transportation, testing and sale of medical marijuana in January and has been rolling out proposed regulations for public input.
“The broad objectives of these regulations are to ensure that the medical cannabis goods sold to consumers from licensed dispensaries are safe for consumption,” the bureau said in a statement Friday.