FROM Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor Backs Legalization of Marijuana When he was Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom conducted marriages of gays and lesbians — in 2004, years before the courts came around. Now, as Lieutenant Governor, he's leading an effort to fully legalize and regulate marijuana. Two weeks ago, he was targeting the state ballot in 2016 but, since then, polls show voters might be ready next year.
The Candidates for Lieutenant Governor California's lieutenant governor takes over when the governor is incapacitated or out of state. While waiting for something to happen, he or she sits on the State Lands Commission , Economic Development Commission and the boards of the University of Califronia and California State systems. The lieutenant governor also can break a very rare tie vote in the State Senate. The incumbent is former three-term Republican Senator Abel Maldonado , who spurned his own party last year to break a legislative tie on Governor Schwarzenegger's budget. Last April, after the elected Democrat, John Garamendi won a seat in Congress, Schwarzenegger appointed Maldonado to serve out his term. His Democratic challenger is Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.
Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom After six years in Sacramento, one of Governor Schwarzenegger's top advisors said today, "Every year, both sides retreat to their respective partisan corners and nothing gets done." The last week of this year's legislative session is a classic example, and the pattern will likely continue for a long time to come. But candidates in both parties are lining up to run for Governor next year. We'll be talking to them, starting tonight with the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom , who wants the Democratic nomination.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.