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While California is a blue state, candidates in the 2018 governor’s race won’t be able to rely on Democratic votes alone.
I think we should all be concerned that Marin County has among the nation’s highest rankings for well-being and 100 miles away in the Central Valley, they have among the lowest. The pitch to the Bay Area and to the affluent parts of Los Angeles or San Diego or any place on the coast is that we won’t survive and thrive if we’re not growing together.
California State Treasurer John Chiang, who is running for governor, speaks at a meet-and-greet in Westwood Park in Los Angeles, California, August 13, 2017.
At the meet-and-greet, which followed his endorsement announcement, Lieu called Chiang “one of the most effective elected officials I have ever met” and said he was confident Chiang could be the leader California needs to stand up against the Trump administration — something that Chiang has shown he has the experience to do because of his role in standing up to Schwarzenegger. “California is leading the way and is also going to be one of the prime places where you’re going to see resistance to the backwards policies of the Trump administration, and right now states are taking an active role in stopping the stupid stuff coming out of the federal government,” Lieu told NBC News.
The governor of Missouri halted the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he was guilty.
Williams’s attorney, Kent Gipson, who had asked Greitens for clemency, said the stay of execution was “the appropriate thing to do” and suggested large-scale opposition to the execution was a factor in the governor’s decision.
On the day that white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed violently over a Confederate statue in his state, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke the words that President Trump would not.
Charlottesville vaulted McAuliffe into the national spotlight like nothing else in his nearly four years in the governor’s mansion, coming just as the term-limited, 60-year-old Democrat is considering life after January — including whether to make a 2020 bid to challenge Trump for the presidency.
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s organization plans to spend at least $2 million to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Virginia’s next governor, with a focus on turning out millenial voters.
Steyer pushed to make climate a key issue in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial contest, attacking Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli II as a climate change denier. His organization has since rebranded to focus on more than just the environment — changing its name from NextGen Climate to NextGen America.
“In New Jersey, a couple of things happened that really helped the addiction treatment field under Christie’s governorship,” said Oberman, who is CEO of the John Brooks Recovery Center, which operates four treatment centers in and around Atlantic City.
Christie opened the first drug treatment facility for the state’s prisoners (Oberman operates it), cut red tape for people who have private insurance and started a program to expand availability of naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday he is no longer seeking a job at a New York sports talk radio station once he leaves office, disputing a newspaper report that said the station told him he was no longer being considered.
On-air, Christie gave any potential concern the back of his hand, saying, "The later you get in your term the less you care… You're not running for re-election."