By Cal Matters | PUBLISHED: November 8, 2018 at 6:10 am | UPDATED: November 8, 2018 at 6:11 am Gavin Newsom first ran for governor in 2010, an effort he abandoned and then relaunched in 2015 with the long, long campaign that crescendoed Tuesday tonight. Now that California voters have given the 51-year-old Democrat the job he has sought for eight years, he is about to discover that winning was the easy part. Governing is hard, particularly in a state as big, complex, troubled and expensive as California. We have the world’s fifth largest economy and, with our cost of living, the nation’s highest rate of poverty. The shortage of affordable housing has pushed the middle class out of the state’s coastal jobs centers—or out of state altogether—while exacerbating a decades-long crisis of homelessness and sending college housing costs into the stratosphere. Pension costs weigh on city finances, wildfires rage nearly year-round, the academic achievement gap … [Read more...] about How Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future, issue by issue
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By Casey Tolan | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group November 2, 2018 at 10:35 am They represent two vastly different Californias. Nancy Pelosi’s covers 39 square miles of a legendarily liberal enclave. Kevin McCarthy’s is 9,898 square miles of farmland and suburban sprawl in one of the state’s most conservative strongholds. After Tuesday’s election, the two Golden State politicians could give California unprecedented influence in Washington, D.C., as they vie to lead their respective parties in the House of Representatives. Never before have both the Democratic and Republican leaders in the chamber hailed from the same state. But that’s where the common ground ends. Like America as a whole, deeply Democratic California features its own Red State-Blue State division. The two leaders — and their hometowns — perfectly embody the divide. “Pelosi and McCarthy might be from the same state, but Bakersfield and Pacific … [Read more...] about Two Californias: Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy define a nation’s liberal-conservative divide
Rebecca Tan, The Washington Post Published 12:51 pm PDT, Thursday, August 2, 2018 One of Japan's top medical universities has been systematically blocking female applicants from entering the school for at least eight years, local news agencies reported on Thursday. Tokyo Medical University, a private institution consistently ranked among the country's best for clinical medicine, has been automatically lowering the entrance exam results of female applicants for the past decade, an attempt to keep the ratio of women in each class of students below 30 percent, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. A specific coefficient was reportedly applied to the scores of all female applicants, lowering them by 10 to 20 percent. Details about the tampering were leaked amid an investigation into top administrators at Tokyo Medical University, who came under fire in June for accepting bribes from an education ministry official. Masahiko Usui, chairman of the school's board of regents, and Mamoru … [Read more...] about A medical school in Japan didn’t want too many women. So it lowered their grades.
Welcome to our annual list of high school students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. We got responses this year from 84 schools, public and private, in St. Paul, nearby suburbs and western Wisconsin. Schools were asked to send us the names of their high achievers — however they define them. Some schools use the “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” distinctions. Others designate “highest honors” or degrees of “cum laude” or a percentage of the senior class. Schools submitting 10 names or fewer are invited to ask their students for an inspirational quote, and as ever, students cited words from a range of historic and contemporary writers, musicians and artists, political figures, scientists and celebrities. One pulled inspiration from the 1800s, with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to “Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. …Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and with too high … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2018: High achievers and words that inspired them
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 10:42 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 10:43 am Should a desire for change overtake 25 years in Congress? That’s the question facing voters in California’s 42nd Congressional District. Democrats Julia Peacock and Norman Quintero and independent Matt Woody are running against Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who has the longest tenure of any Inland House incumbent. The four candidates are on the June 5 primary ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the Nov. 6 general election. At stake is a seat representing much of western Riverside County, including Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and part of Temecula. Here are how the candidates responded to a questionnaire about their campaigns: KEN CALVERT Age: 64 Resides: Corona Party: Republican Occupation: CongressmanCampaign website: kencalvert.com Endorsements: U.S. Chamber of … [Read more...] about Three candidates hope to unseat Rep. Ken Calvert in 42nd Congressional District