Rep. Maxine Waters appeared on MSNBC’s "All In With Chris Hayes" Tuesday night, and Hayes asked the California congresswoman if she had a response to Bill O’Reilly’s remarks that morning about her hair (or, as O’Reilly put it, her "James Brown wig.") She did.
(Photo provided by Dr. Asif Mahmood for lieutenant governor)
Los Angeles physician Asif Mahmood, a Democrat and supporter of a “Medicare for all” national healthcare plan, has announced he’ll run for California lieutenant governor.
Mahmood, who was raised in a small rural town in Pakistan before coming to the U.S., plans to officially declare his candidacy Wednesday and joins a 2018 race that includes at least one formidable Democrat, West Covina state Sen. Ed Hernandez. Hernandez has collected more than 100 endorsements from prominent California Democrats.
Senate President Kevin de León also has filed an intention to run for lieutenant governor and has been busy raising campaign contributions, though it’s unclear whether he’ll actually jump into the race.
Several Republicans also have declared interest.
On his campaign website, Mahmood describes himself as a “triple threat” to President Trump, a Republican, because he’s a “Muslim immigrant from this great blue state of CA.”
On Highway 1 in Big Sur, the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has buckled, cutting off a community of hundreds from schools and isolating renowned businesses from customer traffic.
With a deadline looming, Gov. Jerry Brown is winding up negotiations with legislators in hopes of reaching an agreement on a plan that would provide at least $5.2 billion annually for a transportation backlog that includes repairing California’s aging and crumbling system of streets, highways and bridges, officials said Tuesday.
Those close to the talks said an agreement on the package could be announced as early as Wednesday afternoon.
The question remains whether Brown and leaders can muster the two-thirds vote needed to approve a phased-in gas tax increase of up to 12 cents by the April 6 deadline set by the governor. Key senators remained uncommitted to any plan as of Tuesday.
And a new voter-approved rule requires a bill to be in print for 72 hours before it can be passed. The bill needs approval in both houses.
Assembly Democrats were briefed on the evolving plan behind closed doors on Tuesday and some officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment, said talks are progressing on a plan that would provide the bulk of money to a “fix-it first” program of road repairs divided evenly between state projects and those of cities and counties.
Money would also be dedicated to mass transit, bicycle, pedestrian and trucking routs for ports.
The proposal also would include reforms proposed by lawmakers, including Republicans, that would hold officials accountable for proper use of the money, including a requirement for regular audits, creation of an inspector general position and a ballot measure requiring new money to be spent on transportation projects.
Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) authored a bill that would put a measure on the ballot, saying Tuesday such guarantees are required “given the urgency of the deferred maintenance backlog, and the additional burden we are asking California’s taxpayers to carry.”
John Myers contributed to this report.