FROM George Skelton
A California Governor's Role in South African Justice In the 1980's a growing movement in the United States attempted to pressure South Africa to end apartheid through divestment, by refusing to invest or do business with firms that held assets in that country. The State of California was one of those at the movement's helm. George Skelton , columnist for the Los Angeles Times , remembers the role that California Governor George Deukmejian played in that effort.
Undocumented Immigrants and the Meaning of Citizenship Sergio Garcia was first brought to California from Mexico when he was an infant. Later, his family took him back to Mexico, but returned when he was 17 years old. His father became an American citizen and helped Sergio apply for a green card. Almost 20 years later, it's still pending. In the meantime, he graduated from college and law school and passed the state bar exam. Tomorrow, the State Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether he should be licensed to practice law. It will decide the Garcia case three months from now. In the meantime, Governor Jerry Brown might or might not sign a bill passed by Democrats in the Assembly and Senate. It would allow non-citizens to serve on juries in California's as long as they're legal immigrants.
Where Is $9 Billion in Unused Bonds? Governor Brown says, "Caution is not really the right path" when it comes to creating jobs and stimulating the economy. He wants President Obama to invest in sewers, schools and roads, just as Franklin Roosevelt did during the Great Depression. LA Times columnist George Skelton says , "Brown can look right under his nose and find $9 billion for thousands of paychecks."
The Legislature Adjourns with Unfinished Business The State Assembly and Senate still haven't passed a budget, but they have cracked down on abuses of public trust by local officials, at the same time they're ending this year's legislative session with $380,000 in campaign money raised from lobbyists in the past few days. We hear about some of the pain caused when there's no spending plan.
The Fallout from Jerry Brown's Secret Tapes Without ever announcing he wants to run, Attorney General Jerry Brown is the Democrats' leading candidate to be Governor--all over again. Now all three Republican hopefuls are snapping at his heels, because one of his aides might have violated the law by taping phone calls with five reporters without ever asking.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.