State of Affairs: Protests for Pelosi, Sanders speaks, GOP health bill
It's not easy being Nancy Pelosi. Also, lawmakers debate the latest Republican health bill, and Bernie Sanders barnstorms the Golden State, pushing his single-payer health care bill.
Today on State of Affairs:
- It's not easy being Nancy Pelosi. A news conference in her hometown of San Francisco turned tense as pro-immigration protesters took the floor.
- As lawmakers debate the latest Republican health bill, there's some new data on how it could affect California. Spolier alert: It doesn't look good.
- Bernie Sanders barnstorms the Golden State, pushing his single-payer health care bill.
Is CA fertile ground for Sen. Sanders?
The Sacramento Bee recently made the case that Sanders could be "cultivating" California for 2020.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at USC, explains the Bee's reasoning:
The case that's made for Bernie Sanders is: "Why not? Why doesn't he cultivate it? He should cultivate California if he has even a glimmer of becoming one the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president."
Really, he came closer than anybody — including Bernie Sanders — would have expected in 2016. The California electorate is fertile territory for his liberal, his progressive policy stances.
Not to mention, we're pretty fertile territory for campaign contributions, too. I believe California gave Bernie Sanders something like $17 million in the last presidential election.
These days that doesn't sound like much, but it is a good start, as they say.
- Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC
- Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
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