By Dan Walters, CALmatters | PUBLISHED: June 13, 2018 at 6:15 am | UPDATED: June 13, 2018 at 6:16 am Barring some calamitous meltdown on his part, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will become the next governor of California. Newsom all but locked up the governorship last week when fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa failed to place second in the top-two primary election, allowing Newsom to face a token Republican foe, San Diego businessman John Cox. On election night, Newsom reiterated the left-of-center agenda he would pursue as governor, to wit: “Guaranteed health care for all. A ‘Marshall Plan’ for affordable housing. A master plan for aging with dignity. A middle-class workforce strategy. A cradle-to-college promise for the next generation. An all-hands approach to ending child poverty.” Promising to be “audacious” and “bold,” Newsom declared, “No family should ever lack a roof over their heads. No child should ever be raised below … [Read more...] about Walters: How would Gavin Newsom pay for his promises?
By CALmatters | PUBLISHED: June 11, 2018 at 10:58 am | UPDATED: June 11, 2018 at 10:59 am By Laurel Rosenhall | CALmatters A retired nurse who lives with her three dogs in the Central Valley town of Los Banos, Leslie Kensill doesn’t have much money to spend on politics. But she likes Democrat Gavin Newsom – his support for immigrants, for gay marriage, for legalizing marijuana – so she decided in 2016 to help his campaign for governor as best she could. “I gave $5 a month, just because I can’t afford any more than that,” Kensill said. Occasionally she stretched to give $10 or $25, and over time her donations added up to $125, according to campaign flings with the secretary of state. When Election Day rolled around this week, Kensill cast her ballot for Newsom, one of 1.3 million votes that propelled him to a first-place finish in the California primary. It was a race that offered lessons about the role that money can play in politics: While small … [Read more...] about In California primary, well-heeled winner Gavin Newsom had small donations; Guess who didn’t?
Gavin Newsom is ready for his close-up. For the Lieutenant Governor and heir apparent, Tuesday’s California primary was a mere formality, a rite of passage. His hair was properly slicked back, his teeth impossibly white. His awkward entrance to “California Love” by the late 2Pac (feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) completed the “bar mitzvah” aesthetic of the whole event.Newsom has passed eight breezy years in Jerry Brown’s shadow. Now it is his turn. The Lieutenant Governor’s job is, essentially, to stay out of the way. And Newsom did that to perfection. In two terms, he had one notable achievement, and it had nothing to do with the responsibilities of his office: he pushed through a gun control referendum in 2016 that requires Californians to obtain a license to buy ammunition, not just the gun into which it is loaded. It was, like many California laws, sentimental, burdensome, and ineffective. What was remarkable about that referendum was that … [Read more...] about Blue State Blues: Gavin Newsom, ‘Mister Me’
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By Dan Walters, CALmatters | June 7, 2018 at 12:01 am It’s a pretty unusual election when Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom both wanted the same man to place second in California’s race for governor, and voters gave both their wish this week. Trump strongly endorsed San Diego businessman John Cox’s drive to finish second to Newsom in the state’s top-two primary and thus win a spot on the November ballot. Trump and other national GOP leaders believe that having Cox on the ballot will give Republican voters a reason to turn out in November and help the party defend some embattled congressional seats in Southern California. Pro-Newsom forces fashioned clever ads that denounced Cox as a right-wing Trump acolyte, clearly hoping it would endear Cox to GOP voters. With Cox as No. 2, rather than Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, Newsom can almost certainly coast to the governorship of a deep-blue state five months hence. It was, … [Read more...] about Walters: Candidate Trump AND Democrat Gavin Newsom wanted