FROM Mike Spence
Proposition P Debate Proposition P on next week’s Los Angeles County ballot would raise money for parks, recreation, gang prevention, protection of beaches and maintenance of zoos and museums. It would replace Proposition A, passed in 1992, which runs out next year. But it was drafted behind closed doors and placed on the ballot at the last minute, without any public discussion. Supervisors Antonovich and Ridley-Thomas voted against it. But support came from Gloria Molina, Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky.
The Democrats' Budget, a Budget Nobody Wants Late today -- for the first time in decades -- the state legislature late was on its way to passing a spending plan by the Constitutional deadline , which expires at midnight tonight. That means Senators and Assembly members won't get their pay cut. But Republicans are unhappy because they had no role in the process. Democrats are unhappy, even though the measure passed with all their votes . Governor Brown will have 12 days to sign it or try to work out something better.
Battle for the Soul of the California Republican Party As the GOP’s most likely candidate for president, John McCain hopes to win California this coming November with the coalition of independents and moderates that re-elected Governor Schwarzenegger last year. But California’s Republican Party refused to allow independents to participate in the Super-Tuesday primary. Registration has now dropped to just 33% of those eligible statewide. In a letter to party leaders, Businessman Lawrence K. Dodge said, “[We are] eating our own in public.” He withheld 3-million dollars to pay off the party’s debt in hope that last weekend’s convention in San Francisco would adopt a more moderate platform.
Proposition 1D: The Public Education Facilities Bond Act Proposition 1D on next month's ballot would authorize $10.4 billion in bonds for public schools, community colleges, UC and Cal-State campuses. It was put on the ballot by Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature to relieve overcrowding by building new schools and repairing older ones. It also provides for earthquake safety and facilities for vocational education and research into energy efficiency.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
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.
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.