FROM Shawn Steel
Republicans Gather in Hollywood After last year's presidential election, Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, said the party has done " a lousy job " reaching out to women, Latinos and Asians, and he promised to work in areas that have been hostile to the GOP. Today, the RNC began three days of meetings in Hollywood. Shawn Steel is an RNC member and former chair of the party in California.
Picking Up the Pieces of Super Tuesday Despite the support of Governor Schwarzenegger, Prop 93 failed in yesterday’s election. It was a legislative term-limits measure that would have saved current leaders from being termed out at the end of this year. Now Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata—both Democrats—are lame ducks. Today, the Governor told the Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board, “I really wanted some of those guys to stay.”
Angelides' Efforts to Tie Schwarzenegger to Bush TV spots paid for by Democrat Phil Angelides show Governor Schwarzenegger morphing into President Bush. Last night on Jay Leno's Tonight Show , the Governor said "To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar... I mean, that's ridiculous." Does Angelides deserve equal time? So far, NBC just says he’s not scheduled. Is the Governor disloyal to the GOP?
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?