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Key takeaways from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State




Governor Gavin Newsom delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 40th governor of California on January 7, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
Governor Gavin Newsom delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 40th governor of California on January 7, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
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California’s newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom will give his first State of the State address today.

Gov. Newsom gave some heavy promises during his campaign regarding more access to health care, an expansion to the state’s paid parental leave program, and of course, much opposition to President Donald Trump. Most recently, Newsom announced he would sign an executive order ending the deployment of California National Guard troops at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But there is more to talk about in terms of the disastrous year our state has had. Wildfires and mudslides were a big part of our ‘new normal’ here in California. Newsom has a lot to talk about, so what will stand out most in his speech? Larry speaks to a reporter and two state political commentators today for analysis of Gov. Newsom’s State of the State address.

Guests:

John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times; he’s been following the story; he tweets @johnmyers

Mike Madrid, Republican political strategist for the Sacramento-based public affairs firm GrassrootsLab; he tweets @madrid_mike

Amanda Renteria, chair of Emerge America, a national organization that works to identify and train Democratic women who want to run for political office; she is the former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was a staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); she tweets @AmandaRenteria

Asm. Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear), California State Assembly member representing the 33rd State Assembly District, which covers a wide swath of the High Desert and San Bernardino County including Hesperia, Victorville, Barstow and the Mojave Desert, and chair of the California State Assembly Republican Caucus;  he tweets @JayObernolte

Dan Walters, political columnist and longtime California politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication; he tweets @DanCALmatters