FROM Wyatt Buchanan
State Officials Regroup after Brown Gives Up on Budget Negotiations Governor Brown's best hopes for closing the $26 billion budget gap collapsed yesterday and, in another YouTube performance , he blamed the Republicans. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said the Republicans have become “irrelevant,” and that Democrats, “will use the power of our majority.” What might that mean? Wyatt Buchanan is in Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Would Public Funding Push Private Money Out of Politics? California voters prohibited the public financing of political campaigns in 1988. In 2000 and again in 2006, they refused to lift the ban by margins of 65 and 74 percent. But, in less that two weeks, they'll be asked to vote again, this time on a pilot program for just one statewide office. We get the details of Proposition 15 and hear a debate on the California Fair Elections Act.
Schwarzenegger Threatens Veto over Water Deal This afternoon, most of the Sacramento press corps was outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office where he was meeting with the leaders of both parties in the Assembly and Senate. The Governor threatened to veto more than 700 bills passed this year if the lawmakers do not enact legislation on the state's massive water problems . The problems have reached a point of crisis, and this is the first time in decades that water users, regulators and environmental groups have come close to resolving their issues. As always, a major factor is money.
The Olympic Torch: Down and Out in Paris and London What was started by Hitler's Nazi regime at the 1936 Olympics has morphed into an international symbol of unity and good will. This year's Olympic torch will be carried 85,000 miles by hundreds of people who have competed for the honor. But today in Paris, the torch had to be extinguished four times and the city cancelled its welcoming ceremony after protesters disrupted the torch's 18-mile journey, which started at the Eiffel Tower. San Francisco, where hundreds of police officers will be in the street, is gritting its teeth for the torch's arrival on Wednesday. We hear about the protests in Paris from Charles Bremner of the Times of London , and get a preview of San Francisco's preparations from Wyatt Buchanan of the San Francisco Chronicle .
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
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?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?