FROM David Siders
What Was Governor Brown Doing in Paris? Governor Brown may put a climate change measure on next year's California ballot. In the meantime, he's wrapped up five full days at the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris, trying to make California one of more than 100 sub-national jurisdictions to pledge reductions — not just in greenhouse gases but also in short-term pollutants. Governor Brown addresses the Paris Climate Conference, December 10, 2015 David Siders has been there, reporting for the Sacramento Bee .
Governor Brown's Busy Weekend of Bill Signing This afternoon, Governor Brown signed one of the most controversial measures in this year's legislative session. It's called "The End of Life" bill. David Siders, who covers the Capitol for the Sacramento Bee , has details on the legislation.
A Melting Climate Change Bill Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change suffered two major defeats this week. Joining KCRW's Steve Chiotakis to discuss these developments are Ben Adler, Capitol Bureau Chief at Capital Public Radio, and David Siders, who covers state politics and the Brown administration for The Sacramento Bee.
Does Cleaning the Air Mean Curbing Your Driving? State Senate Bill 350 would increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources, including wind and solar. It would also reduce the petroleum content used by motor vehicles by 50% in the next 15 years. Supported by Governor Brown and written by Senate leader Kevin de León, it easily passed the upper house. Now it's in trouble in the Assembly. Here's part of a TV ad from the California Drivers' Allliance, which is funded by the Western States Petroleum Association.
Recap of the California Republican Convention in Burlingame Before this weekend's convention in Burlingame, California's Republican Party Chair, Jim Brulte, told reporters, the GOP "has been in decline for over two decades in this state." He said, "We have a significant rebuilding operation on our hands." David Siders is political reporter for the Sacramento Bee .
Gov. Brown Vetoes Measure to Lessen Drug Charges in Final Flurry of Bills Some prison reformers claim that California prisons are overcrowded in part because so many inmates are sentenced for nonviolent drug crimes that don’t harm other people. Senate bill 649 would have given prosecutors discretion to charge misdemeanors, instead of felonies, for drug possession. Over the weekend, Governor Brown vetoed the measure. David Siders covers state politics for the Sacramento Bee .
A 'Watershed Moment' for High-Speed Rail The ultimate cost of California's high-speed rail system has doubled from $43 billion to almost $100 billion, and the completion date has now been moved from 2020 to 2033. Those announcements came today from the High-Speed Rail Authority, which is taking its latest proposal to the state legislature under deadline pressure.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.