FROM Ashley Swearengin
California’s Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose? The State Controller is elected statewide as California’s chief financial officer—ensuring that the budget is spent the way it’s supposed to be and that the state’s bills are paid on time. The Controller also can audit other state agencies and sits on no less than 81 boards and commissions, including the Franchise Tax Board, the Coastal Commission, the Lands Commission and the Board of Equalization. Ashley Swearengin is the two-term Mayor of Fresno. She is the Republican candidate for State Controller. Betty Yee is a member of the California Board of Equalization, and is the Democratic candidate for State Controller.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?