Earlier this evening, Governor Jerry Brown of California hinted that he might, possibly run for president of the United States. "You could have a lot of big surprises," said Brown.
Now the White House has released a read-out of President Obama's phone call with Governor Brown. The conversation was about wildfires.
"Today, the President called California Governor Jerry Brown to receive an update on the recent wildfires and express his concern about the devastating impacts on the state of California and its citizens. He expressed his gratitude for the brave firefighters, local authorities, and emergency managers who have worked tirelessly to combat these devastating fires and evacuate people out of harm’s way," the White House read-out states.
"The President made clear that his Administration will continue to support the state and local efforts. He reiterated that the Administration is committed to fixing the way the nation pays for wildfire suppression, reducing the risk of future catastrophic wildfires, and continuing to work closely with Governor Brown in preparing California for the impacts of a changing climate. The President told Governor Brown that his thoughts and prayers are with the people of California during these difficult times."
California governor Jerry Brown gave signs in a Wednesday interview on CNN that he may be considering running for president.
Brown, who has run for president three before, spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the current Democratic field. The Democrat said he has not yet endorsed a candidate, calling frontrunner Hillary Clinton "formidable" and refused to give advice about Vice President Joe Biden, who is reportedly mulling a run.
Los Angeles After four years of drought it has come to this: California’s politicians are trying to convince Los Angeles residents to drink treated sewage. “Toilet to tap” is no joke. The idea was floated during past droughts but foundered on the fact that recycled water would mostly go to working-class homes. That it again is being considered is symptomatic of the doomsday frenzy now gripping the state.
The Republican party's best chance to win a statewide office in California for the first time since 2006 all started with a check for $800. Pete Peterson’s wife Gina is graphic designer in Santa Monica who owns her own business, a limited liability company. Last year, she was getting ready to pay her company's annual $800 licensing tax to the secretary of state’s office, which oversees business licensing. Only in California are LLCs taxed so much just to keep a license. In Delaware, the annual tax is just $300, and in Missouri, it’s just a one-time $50 free.
On November 6 voters in California did something nearly unheard of during the past 30 years: They approved, by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, a ballot measure raising state income taxes on the most prosperous Californians and sales taxes on everyone, even though the state’s sales tax is already the highest in the nation.
On Monday, August 8, Governor Jerry Brown finally signed a bill the California state legislature had passed in July—a bill that binds California to “National Popular Vote” (NPV). Which is to say, to the committing of all its electoral college votes in a presidential election to the winner of the nation’s popular vote. In other words, regardless of which candidate carried California, the electors are directed to vote for the candidate who carries the nation.