FROM Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor Backs Legalization of Marijuana When he was Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom conducted marriages of gays and lesbians — in 2004, years before the courts came around. Now, as Lieutenant Governor, he's leading an effort to fully legalize and regulate marijuana. Two weeks ago, he was targeting the state ballot in 2016 but, since then, polls show voters might be ready next year.
The Candidates for Lieutenant Governor California's lieutenant governor takes over when the governor is incapacitated or out of state. While waiting for something to happen, he or she sits on the State Lands Commission , Economic Development Commission and the boards of the University of Califronia and California State systems. The lieutenant governor also can break a very rare tie vote in the State Senate. The incumbent is former three-term Republican Senator Abel Maldonado , who spurned his own party last year to break a legislative tie on Governor Schwarzenegger's budget. Last April, after the elected Democrat, John Garamendi won a seat in Congress, Schwarzenegger appointed Maldonado to serve out his term. His Democratic challenger is Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.
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.
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.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.