FROM Phil Trounstine
Democrats Finally Have an Announced Candidate for Governor Jerry Brown was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees in 1969. A year later, voters made him Secretary of State. Next, it was two terms as Governor, from 1974 until 1982. Then, he spent two terms as Mayor of Oakland, and he was elected state Attorney General in 2006. Today, he announced that he wants to be Governor once again — in a video appearance on the Internet.
Voters Pessimistic about Their State, Unhappy with Their Leaders Partisan politics and the recession have virtually paralyzed state government. Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature are setting records for low approval ratings. Government reformers say the moment has finally arrived to change the tax system, get rid of the two-thirds vote required to pass a state budget, and adjust the property-tax restrictions of Proposition 13 . A new survey suggests otherwise. The Los Angeles Times has partnered with USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to survey 1500 registered voters. Both Democratic and Republican polling firms were involved, and the results are a slap in the face to reformers.
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.
Villaraigosa Says He Won't Run for Governor Antonio Villagraigosa will be sworn in for his second term next month as Mayor of Los Angeles . On CNN today, Villagraigosa was asked if he’s planning to run for Governor. Recalling his family's history with the city and the challenges that face it, he told Wolf Blitzer he’ll remain as mayor until his term is over. What will that mean for Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown ?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.