In today's State of Affairs: Rep. Kevin McCarthy drops out, Gov. Jerry Brown signs aggressive climate change bill, and California becomes the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
Kevin McCarthy drops out of House Speaker race - who else could step in?
“As to an obvious choice, there is one – Paul Ryan – who again and again has said 'Thank you, but no thank you.' I think he is probably the only Republican out there now who has half a chance of bringing some kind of order to that caucus. But... again this morning [he] was very firm in saying 'No.' The one name I’ve heard out here from California Republicans is Ed Royce who is a senior Republican member of the House and is well-respected. But I don’t see how that works in the real world. Unless you are the heir apparent, as McCarthy seemed to be, the House will vote for anybody but California." -Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Gov. Jerry Brown signs climate change bill with targets for 2030
"Essentially what this says is that by 2030, half of California's electricity will come from wind, sun, other renewable sources. It also sets some pretty ambitious efforts around doubling the energy efficiency of buildings. Now, it left out a target to halve our gas consumption after a lot of pushback by the oil industry, so this is something that I think the Governor is going to continue pushing through his executive power. But this was a win for him and for Senate pro tem Kevin de Leon from Los Angeles who really took the lead on this and pushed it hard." -Marisa Lagos
California legalizes physician-assisted suicide
"The fact that [Governor Brown] actually signed the bill surprised me. I had finally come to the thought that he'd let the bill become law without his signature and then avoid all of the debate and end all of the hand-wringing that obviously he did. But he did all of that. And this was I think a very impressive statement, very personal, he opened up, and it was very Jerry Brown. I can't think of another Governor, at least in the modern era, for whom I've seen a [signing] message that is so open and transparent and personal." -Sherry Bebitch Jeffe