This is Gabrielle Canon taking over for Ben Jacobs.
Earlier today, newly inaugurated California governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State address, promising to take on the Trump Administration and enact progressive policies championed by his constituents.
Saying the President’s state of the union was “fundamentally at odds with California values”, Newsom began his speech responding to what he called the “so called border emergency” and spoke about the actions he took Tuesday to pull troops from the Southern border, a move that deviated from his predecessor Jerry Brown who had adhered to Trump’s requests for troops.
“California will not be part of this political theater” he said. “The answer to the White House, with all do respect, is no more division no more xenophobia. No more nativism.”
The new governor also raised eyebrows by announcing he will pump the breaks on completing the high-speed rail project, saying that construction from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be too costly and would take too long. Instead, new plans for the railway would only go through California’s agricultural region in the Central Valley.
He outlined his outlook on water issues in the state, called out problems with the education system, and spoke about the homelessness crisis, announcing the a new commission on homelessness. He shared plans for a new incentive package to address affordability in the state, pushed cities to meet housing goals, and told legislators that he would sign a rent stability package if proposed.
“If we want a California for all, we have to build housing for all”, he said, adding “we cannot defer this anymore” over applause.
He also shared his plan to help seniors in a “new master plan on aging” that includes a task force on Alzheimer’s headed by former first lady Maria Shriver, and said he wanted to create a “data dividend” that would redistribute the wealth made by tech companies.
- Negotiators in both parties have reached a deal to keep the government open and avoid a shutdown before the Friday deadline.
- President Donald Trump though is still skeptical about this.
- Mark Kelly, an astronaut and husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced he will run for Senate in Arizona in 2020 as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by appointed Republican incumbent Martha McSally.
- The White House condemned an attack on a BBC cameraman at a Trump rally yesterday in El Paso.
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The Senate just passed major conservation legislation.
The bill protects 1.3 million acres as wilderness, the nation’s most stringent protection that prohibits even roads and motorized vehicles. It permanently withdraws from mining more than 370,000 acres of land around two national parks, including Yellowstone, and permanently authorizes a program to spend offshore drilling revenue on conservation efforts.
A House vote on the border security deal to avoid another government shutdown could come as early as tomorrow according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
A number of Democrats will unveil legislation on Wednesday that will allow people between the ages of 50-64 to buy into Medicare. The idea of expanding Medicare has long been popular among Democrats. There were past proposals to allow people over 55 to buy in and, on the left, Medicare for All has become a rallying cry.
The White House has issued a statement condemning the attack on the BBC cameraman at the Trump rally in El Paso last night.
For the first time in American history, the national debt now exceeds $22 trillion.
In an interview, New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker expresses doubt that Donald Trump will even be the Republican nominee in 2020, echoing comments made by Elizabeth Warren over the weekend.
Norm Eisen, a former White House lawyer in the Obama administration and a vocal Trump critic, has joined the House Judiciary Committee as a part time staffer.
Eisen will help beef up efforts by House Democrats to conduct oversight on the White House, particularly in relation to the Russia investigation.