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's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
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.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.