“I’m thinking about it. What do you think? Do you like him?” Trump said when a Journal reporter asked about Barrack as a potential candidate for the role. “Tom Barrack, yes? Call him up, tell him I’m giving it to him.”
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, newly empowered to defend Affordable Care Act subsidies in court, accused President Trump on Wednesday of "extortionist tactics" by threatening to undermine the healthcare law.
At a news conference, Becerra celebrated Tuesday's decision by a U.S. appeals court to allow states to join the legal battle to defend cost-sharing subsidies, in which the federal government pays insurance companies to compensate for cheaper, out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers. Trump has denounced the payments as "bailouts" for insurance companies.
Becerra said uncertainty over the future of those subsidies had led to a 12.5% jump in projected premiums next year for plans on the Covered California insurance exchange.
Uber and Lyft are pushing legislation at the state Capitol that would force their drivers to buy a new business license to work.
Why? To avoid drivers potentially needing dozens of licenses, one for every city where they pick up, drop off or pass through. But some cities, notably San Francisco, aren't happy with the legislation because the bill could mean millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) got a rock star's reception Tuesday night at an Aliso Viejo town hall organized by liberal activists in Orange County who are working to oust Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).
Activists invited Rohrabacher to speak but he declined.
The event instead served as a pep rally for activists and a networking event for the stable of Democratic candidates seeking to challenge Rohrabacher in 2018.
Oil companies spent $2.5 million lobbying during negotiations over California climate policies this summer, according to new disclosures.
They spent far more than major environmental groups, and more than the $369,791 from Democratic donor Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action.
The reports cover April 1 to June 30 as lawmakers were debating the future of the state's cap-and-trade program, which they ultimately decided to extend. It's an incomplete picture because the reports don't account for the final two weeks of negotiations during early July, which won't be covered until the next quarterly report.
According to campaign finance disclosures that cover the first six months of 2017, Newsom raised nearly $5.4 million since Jan. 1, and ended June with $13.1 million cash on hand. The bank balance reflects the fact that he entered the race in early 2015, far earlier than his rivals.