FROM Phil Trounstine
Democrats Finally Have an Announced Candidate for Governor Jerry Brown was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees in 1969. A year later, voters made him Secretary of State. Next, it was two terms as Governor, from 1974 until 1982. Then, he spent two terms as Mayor of Oakland, and he was elected state Attorney General in 2006. Today, he announced that he wants to be Governor once again — in a video appearance on the Internet.
Voters Pessimistic about Their State, Unhappy with Their Leaders Partisan politics and the recession have virtually paralyzed state government. Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature are setting records for low approval ratings. Government reformers say the moment has finally arrived to change the tax system, get rid of the two-thirds vote required to pass a state budget, and adjust the property-tax restrictions of Proposition 13 . A new survey suggests otherwise. The Los Angeles Times has partnered with USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to survey 1500 registered voters. Both Democratic and Republican polling firms were involved, and the results are a slap in the face to reformers.
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.
Villaraigosa Says He Won't Run for Governor Antonio Villagraigosa will be sworn in for his second term next month as Mayor of Los Angeles . On CNN today, Villagraigosa was asked if he’s planning to run for Governor. Recalling his family's history with the city and the challenges that face it, he told Wolf Blitzer he’ll remain as mayor until his term is over. What will that mean for Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown ?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.